Oceans and Ink; Squid Ink
Scarlet Lady, will bring stylish tattoo artistry to the high sea with Squid Ink, an on board tattoo parlour. To create the one-of-a-kind experience on board, the cruise line has teamed up with the ink industry legends from World Famous Tattoo Ink.
“Tattooing is a time-honoured seafaring tradition and we’re continuing that legacy with rock and roll style by bringing some of the best ink artists to sea,” Tom McAlpin, president and CEO of Virgin Voyages, said. “Our sailors are looking to make lifelong memories, and we think there’s no better way to commemorate their first voyage with us than with a souvenir they’ll never lose track of.”
When Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady sets sail in 2020 from Miami, she will have two full time resident tattoo artists on board, handpicked by ink industry guru Lou Rubino Jr., the company said.
Squid Ink will also feature a star-studded line-up of guest artists including the tattoo industry’s most sought-after trendsetters and celebrity artists. Details and timings will be announced in due course but renowned artists including the likes of Spike TV’s Ink Master star Sarah Miller, surrealist specialist artist Arlo DiCristina and illustrative specialist Jime Litwalk have already committed to guest artist appearances on the Scarlet Lady in 2020.
All tattoos will be created with original vegan ink, according to Virgin.
In addition to tattoos, Squid Ink will offer body piercings as well as permanent makeup treatments using vegan-friendly Perma Blend pigments. The outlet also will offer exclusive voyage tattoos designed by the World Famous Tattoo Ink team for passengers looking to commemorate their voyage.
- Virgin Voyages will set sail for the Caribbean with its first fleet of “Lady Ships” in 2020.
- Passengers will ride on the “Scarlet Lady,” a modern ship filled with luxurious amenities, lavish suites, and “high-energy” attractions.
- The adult-only cruise line will offer “free fitness classes, free dining, free filtered water and all sodas included in the voyage fair.”
- There’s also a spa, a rooftop bar, swanky restaurants, and even a tattoo parlor.
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